A Poem for the Missing
The Great Eternal Silence By Aquinas T. Duffy
Missing in the darkness,
Frequent prayer and fervent cries,
For a long time
Laughter and sorrow,
Everything and nothing
(The above was written in June 2000, arising out of the disappearance of my cousin , Aengus and the setting up of a Missing Irish People website. Sometimes, we do not hear answers to our prayers, only apparent silence. But within that silence, there is always more to be discovered.)
A Prayer For The Missing
O, Blessed Mother and St Joseph,
you searched when your Son Jesus
disappeared when he was twelve.
You would not give up
until he was found.
You know the pain of having someone missing,
and the joy of finding them,
as you found your son.
Help those who are searching now,
to find the answers to their questions,
and an end to their searching.
Inspire people to be vigilant,
so that their eyes and ears
may see and hear news that will bring hope.
Comfort those who feel lonely and sad
because the one they love has vanished.
Be with them in the storm
and guide them in their efforts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Missing By Máiréad Tuohy Duffy
Vanishing into the space of oblivion
In earth, sea or sky?
Gone into the wilderness
Of the unknown.
The door will open,
The vanished will return.
Like the prodigal son,
The father will say;
“Come into my open arms,
Oh! Child, how we missed you”.
See When Someone you love goes missing By Tom M Brown
A Blessing Service for Those Who have Someone Missing
We read in the Gospel how as a child, Jesus was lost in Jersalem and was found in the Temple. And Mary his mother said to him,
‘My Child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you… He went down with them and came to Nazareth.’ (Luke 2:48-51)
Let Us Pray
God our Father,
your Son Jesus Christ as a child
was lost in the chaos of a great city
and was restored to the love of his family;
watch over N , now missing, for whom we pray
and protect him/her with your love.
Be near to those who are anxious for him/her;
let your presence change their sorrow into comfort,
their anxiety into trust,
their despair into faith,
that they may know your loving purposes.
And this we ask
in the name of Jesus our Lord,
who loves and lives
and cares for all your children. Amen.
(Taken from Magee Brian, ed. The Veritas Book of Blessing Prayers. Dublin: Veritas, 1989, p. 140)
Someone is missing in the night
Someone is praying by pale candle light
And hoping to see her soon
But she may not appear
As he wishes her to be .
Someone is pulling on the gear
Checking the sat nav ,
tidal table’s quarter year
He wont see home for the dawning ,
handing over to comrades
the hazrd risk warnings.
Someone is rowing and bobbing on the lee
Naomhogs with fairy lights
Dragon boats light up the night.
Brave men and women
who circle neath the stars
In a journey of remembrance ,
In a solemn moonlight dance.
Some one is missing in the night.
But many hands to carry
Silent lips .
To bring some back home
From their blue cliabhan
With mother Earth once more
Mags Creedon O Shea